Mercury archive trust to mark 200th anniversary of Battle of Waterloo

Stamford Mercury Archive Trust secretary Sarah Critchard, founding secretary John Smith and volunteers Fran Heeley, Chris Stanier and Maureen Sibborn. Photo: MSMP-20-03-15-am004 EMN-150323-112955001
Stamford Mercury Archive Trust secretary Sarah Critchard, founding secretary John Smith and volunteers Fran Heeley, Chris Stanier and Maureen Sibborn. Photo: MSMP-20-03-15-am004 EMN-150323-112955001
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The 200th anniversary of The Battle of Waterloo is being commemorated with a pamphlet of the war, as reported in the Mercury at the time.

The pamphlet is being published by the Stamford Mercury Archive Trust, a charitable body which was set up to care for the Mercury’s vast archive of newspapers.

The trustees have delved into the archive to come up with the pamphlet which commemorates this momentous event and describes the battle and its aftermath.

The Battle of Waterloo on June 18, 1815, brought to an end more than 20 years of almost continuous warfare with France.

The Stamford Mercury recorded in great detail the action of the battle itself, and the subsequent hunt to find Napoleon. It also reported his eventual surrender on July 14.

Readers of the Mercury followed the hunt, week-by-week right up to the time Napoleon was taken from Plymouth on HMS Northumberland to St Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean, where he was exiled.

At that time St Helena was very little known to the British public and contemporary newspapers carried detailed accounts of the island, and, very rare for the period, an illustration. An account and a unique illustration of the island are included in the Archive Trust’s pamphlet.

The 14-page pamphlet costs £3.50 and is available from Walkers Bookshop in the High Street and The Tourist Information Centre at Stamford Arts Centre, or by post (post-free), from the Stamford Mercury Archive Trust, Cherryholt House, Cherryholt Road, Stamford, Lincs, PE9 2EP.